Autumnal Caramel Apple Roulade

Autumnal Caramel Apple Roulade

My latest recipe is once again inspired by the latest episode of the Great British Bake Off.

Last week was Dessert Week and the bakers on the show had to make roulades, a marjolaine, which is a nutty, layered meringue based dessert, and mini mousse cakes.

This got me thinking which of those I could feed to my family! We aren’t keen on nuts and the mousse cakes would require a lot of equipment I thought, so I decided on a roulade.

As well as pondering what the difference is between a roulade and a Swiss roll, I wanted to find some seasonal flavours that everyone would enjoy.

In the end I settled on a caramel apple roulade, filled with caramel buttercream, a soft apple filling, and topped with drippy caramel sauce and roasted apple slices.

 Caramel Apple Roulade

The caramel sauce runs slowly down the edge of the roulade and pools at the side, and is just thick enough not to run off completely.

I cooked the apple slices for the top of the roulade so they are not completely soft but still have a little bite, whereas the apples in the filling are softer and more like a crumble filling.

 Caramel Apple Roulade

For the sponge, I rolled it while still warm and left it to cool. Luckily there was no cracking to the sponge and it remembered the shape well after being filled with the caramel buttercream and apple fillings.

 Caramel Apple Roulade

I love the autumnal colour of the caramel sauce, and am glad the roulade is served in small slices as it is so sweet!

 Caramel Apple Roulade

 Caramel Apple Roulade sent me a Kenwood Patissier and asked me to make a showstopping cake worthy of the GBBO crown to wow my family and friends. I hope I’ve done them justice with my caramel apple roulade!

The Kenwood Patissier was a great help as it whizzed up the fatless sponge and caramel buttercream in no time.

 Caramel Apple Roulade and my Kenwood Patissier

More caramel and Swiss roll recipes you might like:

Caramel Apple Roulade

Please do share my caramel apple roulade recipe! Perhaps you might want to pin it for later on Pinterest:

 Caramel Apple Roulade recipe

Caramel apple roulade

An autumnal roulade with caramel and apple
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Baking
Cuisine: British
Keyword: caramel cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 337kcal


For the sponge:

  • 4 eggs
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125 g plain flour

For the apple filling and apple slices:

  • 1 large Bramley cooking apple
  • 30 g dark muscovado sugar

For the caramel buttercream:

  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 150 g icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp caramel I used Carnation Caramel

For the topping:

  • A can of Carnation Caramel I used half


  • First make the sponge for the roulade. Whisk the eggs and caster sugar in a stand mixer for approximately ten minutes until pale, fluffy and thick.
  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (fan).
  • Add the vanilla extract then fold in the flour thoroughly.
  • Line a Swiss roll tin with baking parchment (I used foil backed parchment). Pour the mixture into the lined tin, make sure it is spread to the corners and level.
  • Bake for approx. 13 to 15 minutes until cooked in the centre, golden brown and springy to the touch.
  • While the cake bakes, make the filling. Peel and core the cooking apple. Cut about six to eight thin slices and set aside. Chop the rest into small pieces and put it in a bowl with the dark muscovado sugar. Microwave on high for three minutes, stirring after each minute. Leave it to cool.
  • Put the apple slices in a loaf tin, sprinkle with a little muscavado sugar and bake at 180 degrees for ten to fifteen minutes until golden.
  • Beat the softened butter and icing sugar for five minutes in a stand mixer, then add three tablespoons of caramel sauce. Mix well.
  • Once the cake has cooled, unroll it and spread the buttercream inside. Add the cooked apple mixture on top of the buttercream. Roll up the sponge again tightly with the filling inside.
  • Put the caramel sauce in a bowl and stir to soften it. Drip the caramel sauce over the top of the cake to give a drippy ganache look.
  • Arrange the apple slices on top and drizzle with a little more caramel sauce.
  • Slice and serve!
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Linking up with Mummy Mishaps’ Great Bloggers Bake Off

And Helen’s Bake of the Week
Disclosure: sent me a mixer for the purposes of creating a recipe. I was not compensated for this post and all views are my own.

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Michaela Vickers

I’ve never made a roulade before but will definatelt be trying this one! I have a question : In point no.9 You say to unroll the cake once cooled, do you roll it up as soon as it comes out of the oven? Many thanks.


This baffled me too, and because I wasn’t told to roll it when it was warm mine just broke up, tasted lovely but looked awful, please add this to your recipe so it doesn’ happen to somebody else that hadn’t made a roulade before too.

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OH wow, Lucy – This is so up my street. I adore roulades anyway but smothered in caramel. Gulp! Thanks so much for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek once again – Happy to tell you, this is my featured bake for this week! x

Caramel and apple is such a wonderful combination! This roulade sounds perfect for autumn!

This looks amazing fantastic Gbbo challenge, it must have tasted amazing.

Totally loving this mouth watering apple roulade, perfect autumn bake! Thank you for linking to my swiss roll:-)

Janice @FarmersgirlCook

This looks absolutely gorgeous, I’m having a caramel apple moment over on my blog too, it’s that time of year! Well done on keeping up with GBBO too.

That looks absolutely and utterly heavenly! And look at your mixer! I have mixer envy 🙂

This is stunning Lucy, both in flavour and appearance. I’m rubbish at rolling and my roulades always crack. You’re looks most expertly done. Thanks for including a link to one of mine. Have discovered on SY, stumbled and flipped. Just about to tweet and pin.

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This is making my mouth water, what a perfect flavour combo!


mmmmmm i love toffee and apples so this would be another dessert i could happily ( and easily lets face it!) wolf down !!! It looks so delicious . I also love the colour of your Kenwood Patissier – i can’t stop looking at mine (cream), its soon lovely
thank you for linking up xx

love the flavour combination and the autumnal colours of this bake. It looks absolutely delicious

This looks so good, I would never have thought to use apples and caramel. Yummy x